October 28, 2020
The 2020-2021 SCM Annual Fund Drive is Underway
Last Thursday, current parents received Annual Fund appeals via email. A departure from our usual letter and pledge card mailing, an email allowed us to save on printing and postage and also avoid potential postal delivery delays.

Similar appeals will roll out to other members of our community this week, and the push for Annual Fund support will continue throughout the month of November – culminating on December 1 (Giving Tuesday).

During this time, we will ask for your help in reaching our $240,000 Annual Fund goal by making a gift or pledge by December 1. Completing the drive by December gives us solid financial footing for the remainder of the school year and also allows us to shift focus to other priorities in the spring. By making your Annual Fund commitment early, you are helping to ensure the behind-the-scenes operations of St. Catherine’s run smoothly, and paving the way for exciting plans throughout the year.

Although the drive is scheduled to end December 1st, we absolutely accept Annual Fund contributions through the end of the school year. We ask that all gifts and pledge payments be fulfilled by May 31, 2021.

Make a lasting impact on St. Catherine’s Montessori today by clicking below to make your online gift or pledge.
Thank you to the generous donors who are leading the way in this year's SCM Annual Fund! We are grateful for your dedication to the Fund’s motto, Every Family for Every Child
Thursday, October 29
  • Fall Fest Spirit Day - Wear owl-themed clothing to school or while learning at home
  • Fall Fest Virtual Cooking Class, 4:45 PM (Zoom)

Sunday, November 1
  • Daylight Saving Time Ends. Fall back one hour

Monday, November 2
  • All Souls' Mass, 6:00 PM (new time) (Facebook Live)

Thursday, November 5
  • Virtual Conferences. No School. After-school Program Closed
  • SCM High School Virtual Open House, 2:00 - 3:00 PM (Zoom)

Friday, November 6
  • Virtual Conferences. No School. After-school Program Closed
  • SCM High School Virtual Open House, 10:00 - 11:00 AM (Zoom)
SCM High School Virtual Open House - November 5 and 6
The SCM High School community is pleased to host a virtual open house this year. We are offering two one-hour sessions during the conference days on November 5th and 6th. The sessions will cover identical information, so attendance at both is not necessary.

By attending this open house presentation you will receive an overview of the high school's curriculum, three-year cycle, and assessment process. This event will be led by both guides and students from the high school community. Additionally, alumni from our inaugural graduating class will join us to speak about the post-Montessori college experience. After a more formal presentation, participants will be separated into breakout rooms to have additional questions answered. The question and answer sessions will be led by the students. This is a great way to get an in-depth look, guided by experts, at SCM's High School. We highly encourage you and your students to attend! 

The event is open to all SCM Community members (students and parents).

The two sessions are:

  • Thursday, November 5, 2020, from 2:00 – 3:00 PM
  • Friday, November 6, 2020, from 10:00 – 11:00 AM

Virtual Ofrenda for All Souls' Mass - Photos Due Tomorrow
We invite all members of the SCM community to submit photos for a virtual ofrenda, which will be shared during Mass on Monday, November 2 at 6:00 PM.

Please submit photos to globe@stcathmont.org by Thursday, October 29 at noon.
Reminder to Sign up for Parent-Guide Conferences
Virtual conferences are on November 5 and 6. If you did not receive a link to sign up for a conference time for your child's class, please email Vivian Blum at vblum@stcathmont.org.

As a reminder, there is no school on conference days and the After-school program will be closed.
Set Your Clocks Back One Hour on Sunday
Daylight Saving Time ends Sunday, November 1 at 2:00 AM.

Don't forget to set your clocks back one hour and enjoy the extra hour in your day!

Interested in learning the history of Daylight Saving Time? Click here.
Calling All Artists - SCM Christmas Card Submissions
Between now and Monday, November 9 students are invited to submit their designs for the school's 2020 Christmas card. The artwork must depict the Holy Family and fit on a 4x6 postcard. Students may submit as many drawings as they like. Be sure to write your full name on the back of each submission!

For remote learners, paper is available for pick-up outside the Welcome Center through Friday, November 6. In-person learners received their paper bundles last week.
All Souls' Mass - Monday, November 2 at 6:00 PM
Upper Elementary Students are Honored by the Houston City Council
Students from Mr. Snow's Upper Elementary class recently entered the Houston Public Works' “Imagine A Day Without Water” essay contest, open to all 1st-8th grade students within the City of Houston limits. Mr. Snow's class was chosen as one of the "Teacher Leader" winners. On Tuesday, October 20, in recognition of their achievement, Mr. Snow's class name and St. Catherine's Montessori were read aloud by Council Member David Robinson (At-Large Position 2) at the virtual Public Session of the Houston City Council.

Click here to watch the video of the presentation. The recognition of Mr. Snow's class and St. Catherine's begins at approximately the 8:30 minute mark of the recorded meeting.
Tip of the Week:  Supporting Our Immune System Through Healthy Eating Part 2

A Message from Sandra Espinosa, SCM Counselor and Health Care Coordinator
Dear St. Catherine’s community,

One of the many things I have greatly missed during COVID times is the delicious smell of roasted broccoli that often lingered throughout the Primary hallways mid-morning. I found it so endearing to watch the Primary children sit across from each other eating their little snacks of broccoli and fruit with such ease and delight. Even the child who was initially reluctant to eat their veggie and fruit snack seemed to develop a taste for it. This is not surprising given that the research shows that repeated exposure to a variety of new foods is the most powerful tool when it comes to helping children accept new foods.

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Celebrating Community During Fall Fest Week
We are coming up to the halfway point of our community-wide, virtual Fall Fest! Please visit the Fall Fest webpage to learn more about the remaining activities we have in store for you.

Don't forget to wear your owl-themed spirit wear to school, work, or at home on Thursday, October 29.

There is still time to register for the Thursday, October 29 virtual cooking class led by Chef Brittany. Please refer to your Eventbrite invitation for more details and to RSVP.

We can't wait to see all of your Fall Fest photos! Please upload as many as you would like in order to be registered for the raffle.
Behind-the-Scenes of Clue
Welcome back to the High School Corner!

This week I am excited to share some behind-the-scenes photos of the rehearsals for our upcoming rendition of the play Clue. It felt quite poignant considering the spooky atmosphere of this week. Unfortunately, we do not have any further details regarding date and time. However, you can rest assured that we will give you the scoop as soon as possible. It’s nice getting a chance to write an article all by myself. Usually everyone says, “No Jacob, you’re just going to try and add in some weird meta joke about getting murdered and ruin the whole --” Hey, who turned off the lights? Hello? Uh oh. Well, it was knife knowing you all!

Thank you for reading!

Jacob, Isabella, Julia, and Sarah
If you would like to submit something for the Globe, please send it for approval to globe@stcathmont.org by Monday at noon.